Surgery Prep: Find Your Pre-Operative Peace

By Dr. Hussam Kudsi
General Surgery, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center

POTTSTOWN PA – Anxiety is common before surgery, but nervousness shouldn’t stand in the way of preparing for a procedure that might improve your quality of life. To calm your butterflies, think about what you do to manage other stressful situations in life and incorporate those actions into your preparation for surgery.

Hussam Kudsi, M.D., FACS

Hussam Kudsi, M.D., FACS

If music soothes you, listen to your favorite album on the way to the hospital. If you use yoga to settle your nerves on the eve of important work presentations, break out the yoga mat in the days leading up to your procedure.

What you do before heading to the hospital sets the stage for a successful surgery.

You have met with your surgeon, completed the necessary preoperative imaging and even taken care of some of the paperwork for your hospital stay, but you still have tasks to perform as part of your surgery prep:

Get moving. Performing preoperative exercises can smooth recovery from certain surgeries. Check with your doctor first to ensure the activity is OK.

Pack a bag. Include comfortable clothes, toiletries, books or magazines, and a list of medications you take.

Prepare for your return. Arrange your home furnishings to accommodate assistive walking devices and minimize falls. Ask family and friends to help you with chores and errands after surgery.

Read up. Carefully review the packet of information your surgeon gave you and follow the instructions exactly.

Watch what you eat. Proper nutrition can help you recover your strength after surgery. Your surgeon might ask you to follow a special preoperative diet.

Find comfort in knowledge. Learning as much as you can about the surgery demystifies the process and helps you know what to expect. Review the information your surgeon gives you, and ask him or her to recommend credible online sources that will allow you to explore the topic further.

Hussam Kudsi, M.D., FACS, is a member of the active medical staff at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center’s Department of Surgery, and is in practice with TriCounty Surgical Associates, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 310. Kudsi graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed general surgery residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Temple University/Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center; and completed a multi-organ abdominal transplantation fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Kudsi specializes in minimally invasive surgery, dialysis access, hepatobiliary,
GI surgery, oncology surgery, and general surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery, and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.